Hana immigrated to Canada at the age of 15 with two older brothers from Ethiopia and now they all live with their dad. Hana is a 2016 graduate and is starting Criminology at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. Hana joined the Youth Advisory Team to make sure young people have more access to people in power, and to have the opportunity to get together with others who have a similar passion to make Canada more inclusive.
She has been a part of several community programs such as Vancouver School Board (VSB) – Engaged Immigrant Youth program (EIYP), where she discovered her passion for social justice and public speaking. She started sharing her experiences as a new Canadian with school teachers, principals, school trustees and governmental representatives, and most importantly with immigrant and refugee youth. She has also been a Youth Ambassador for VSB since 2014 until 2016. She joined Samara Canada in 2015 to promote civic engagement, and, last but not least, she received the Everyday Political Citizen National Award from MP Jenny Kwan. In her free time, she enjoys drawing and painting.
26.5% of British Columbians’ “mother tongue” is a non-official language, followed by Ontario (25.7%), Alberta (19.4%), and Quebec (12.3%). British Columbia has the highest percentage of language diversity of any Canadian province.